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Kaua'i's Premier Parenting Publication






    Keiki Cover Search Winners Kylie and Pua'ala



    Aloha Kaua'i and Niihau! As we enter into the new year it is important to reflect on our blessings, and no blessing is as meaningful as our families - both immediate and extended. As we pursue our personal goals this year, lets remember to put our most important relationships first. As parents, teachers, leaders and caregivers of our youth, we need to play an active role in their lives.

    Lets remember to put our most important relationships first...Mahalo to Kaua'i Family Magazine for sharing with us the many community events, programs and opportuni-ties we have to spend time together with our 'ohana. May 2012 bring you health, prosperity and continued blessings.Aloha Pumehana,

    Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.Mayor, County of Kaua'i

    Mayors Message

    Department of Education SupportAloha and Greetings!As the New Year begins and our thoughts and plans change from winter to spring, working together to teach the children of Kaua'i to be creative, curious, courageous and confident in their dreams and aspi-rations should be our continuous challenge.

    Information about pertinent programs and services is truly appreciated...Kaua'i Family Magazines perpetual effort to support our families with information about pertinent programs and services is truly appreciated.Engaging the community to teach and prepare our children of Kaua'i to be college and career ready is all of our responsibility. It takes a village to raise a child. All Children Will Succeed and Together We Can!

    William N. ArakakiKaua'i Complex Area Superintendent

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    Notes... from the PublisherOur Spring issue begins a new year

    for Kaua'i Family Magazine, and like all families, this is a time for planting the seeds for the year. To assist parents with planning their childs education and ac-tivities, check out our Kaua'i Schools Directory on page 22, Spring Break Ac-tivities on page 6, and expanded family friendly Calendar of Events on page 8.

    Our cover story on Kaua'i Grown fo-cuses on seeds of another kind plant-ing a future interest in what is grown and raised here on Kaua'i among our keiki, and helping our families with information on where to find locally grown produce and other products.

    Kaua'i Family Magazines Second Annual Keiki Cover Search is set for May 12. See page 35 for details and registration form. Don't forget to sign up by April 20th!

    We have an expanded format with a professional photo shoot at Photo Spectrum for each child entering. Kaua'i Community Federal Credit Union is our title sponsor this year as we support Kaua'i Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

    Our goal is to grow the annual Keiki Cover Search into a full-fledged com-munity event that contributes back to Kaua'i with a charity component, along with new opportunities for keiki to shine.

    Aloha,Chrissy Schechter, Publisher

    Next Issue: SUMMER 2012Advertising Deadline: APRIL 5, 2012Kaua'i Family Magazine is published quarterly as Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter editions.

    Distribution areas include: Preschools, Public and Private Elementary and Middle Schools, Hospitals, Medical and Health Clinics, Libraries, Neighborhood Centers, Kukui Grove Center, Kaua'i Community Federal Credit Union, Retailers and other Community Organizations.

    Subscription Rate: $6.00 for one year (4 issues). Send check payable to Kaua'i Family Magazine with name and address.

    Copyright 2012 by Kaua'i Family Magazine. All rights reserved. No portion of Kaua'i Family Magazine may be reproduced without permission. Reader correspondence and submissions are welcome, but Kaua'i Family Magazine claims no responsibil-ity for the return of material. The acceptance of advertising to Kaua'i Family Magazine does not constitute an endorsement. Kaua'i Family Magazine assumes no financial responsibility for errors in advertisements.

    We are proud to print locally on recycled paper at Hagadone Printing. Please recycle. Share Kaua'i Family Magazine with your 'ohana and friends.

    P.O. Box 665, Lihu'e, HI 96766 Tel. 808-639-5656 www.KauaiFamilyMagazine.com

    Publisher & Advertising Director: Chrissy [email protected] 808-639-5656

    Staff Photographer: Ron Kosen, Photo Spectrum

    Guest Editor: Melissa McFerrin

    Editorial Support: Chuck Lasker

    Mahalo to parents and community members who contributed content last year as well as supported the Keiki Cover Search. Keep them coming! Share your thoughts by email to: [email protected]

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    Keiki Cover Search contest winners Kylie Sugihara and Pua'ala Akui-Ramos spent a morning at W.T. Haraguchi Farm in Hanalei learning about taro with 5th generation farmer, Lyndsey Haraguchi.


    10 KAUA'I BABY & TODDLER 10 Announce Your Baby's Birth 12 Tracking Your Child's Development 14 Toddler Activities

    20 EDUCATION 20 The Very Hungry Caterpillar 4 Tips to Grow Healthy and Strong 25 Parent - Teacher Conference Tips 27 Parenting in a Digital World 28 Proverbs of a First Grader 29 Cooking Up A Storm with Books 31 Paying For College Just Got Easier 32 Kids College for the Summer

    34 KEIKI & YOUTH ACTIVITIES 36 Hawai'i Children's Theatre 38 GameKids Comes to Kaua'i 40 Youth Spring & Summer Sports 41 County of Kaua'i Recreation Programs

    44 TEENS & TWEENS 44 Teen Activities 46 Helping Teens Take Charge of Health

    48 HEALTHY OHANA 48 Are Energy Drinks Safe? 50 Take the LEAP 52 New Year's Resolution of Prevention

    55 SENIOR MOMENTS 55 Spending Quality Time with Grandkids 56 Nutrition Help for the Elderly 59 A Pain in the Knee

    60 FURRY FRIENDS 61 Easter Pet Safety

    62 FUN & GAMES 62 Art Contest 64 Water Maze 65 Road Rabbit Visits Hawai'i

    65 OCEAN SAFETY 65 Ocean Safety Tips

    Spring 2012


    KEIKI COVER SEARCHDo you want your keiki to appear on the cover of our magazine?

    Entry form inside!

    6 SPRING BREAK FUN School's out what's in for keiki activities

    16 COVER STORY Make it a Kaua'i Grown Day Cover keiki visit W.T. Haraguchi Farm to learn how taro is grown

    22 KAUAI SCHOOLS DIRECTORY Comprehensive listing from preschool to college



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    GAMEKIDS Educational Adven-tures, will be hosting a PLAY-DANCE performing arts day camp March 12-16 in Koloa. Open to children in grades 2-8, the week long camp will have children rehearsing and perform-ing a special version of PETER PAN on the final evening. The performance is open to the general public with dona-tion. It's for both beginner and advanced students, and is meant to encourage chil-dren to ongoing lessons and participation in local community theater. The tuition is affordable with limited scholarships. For more information contact GAMEKIDS Playdance visit their website at www.gamekids.com or phone (808) 280-9591 or e-mail: [email protected]

    'Kama'aina Kids' Day CampMarch 9th - 16th, 7am - 5:30pm A safe and exciting adventure for children in grades K-5. Day Camp program in-cludes: Physical Fitness, Arts & Crafts, Co-operative Games, Creative Movement & more! Final Registration Deadline: March 2nd, 2012 ($15 late fee for registrations submitted after 03/02/12). Rates: $150/session (6 days total) or $30/day. Wilcox Elementary 4319 Hardy Street, Lihu'e. For more information call: 808- 212-8126.

    Japanese TaikoDrumming

    March 12th - 16th Ages : 5 and up

    Location: St. Michael's Church (next to Li-

    hue Library) Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm Tuition: $75 for 5-day program, $15. per les-son. Introducing

    traditional Japa-nese songs and

    movements, cultural experiences and lan-

    guage, this powerful and spirited drumming class will

    create an excellent body-cardiovas-cular-brain workout for the children. For more information contact Aki Conquest at [email protected]

    PMRF Spring Day CampMarch 12th -16th, Ages 5 - 18 Services military families and chil-dren of DOD civilians and contractors working at the base. An all day camp, 0700-1700, with a weekly fee, based on household income ranging from $62.00-$146.00. Extra curricular activi-ties include excursions, sports, swim-ming, etc. Contact Sandra Walz Garcia at 335-4419 for youth programs or email [email protected]


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    County of Kaua'i FREE Swim Classes March 13th-16th Free! Learn to swim classes will be avail-able for youth age 5 thru 11 at the Kapa'a and Waimea Pools. For more infor-mation contact the Kapa'a Pool at 822-3842 or Waimea Pool, 338-1271.

    County of Kaua'i Day Camp March 12th -16th Keep active during the spring recess while learning team building and leadership skills. Camp is $20 at the Lihu'e and Ka-laheo Neighborhood Centers. Registra-

    tion will be held on Friday, March 2 from 8:00am 4:00pm at both centers. For more information contact the Lihu'e NC at 241-6858 or Kalaheo NC at 332-9770.

    Kaua'i Humane Society Critter CampMarch 12th - 16th Kindergarten - 12 year olds Cost: $125 per child / $80 for 2nd child By taking advantage of the various camps and workshops offered through Kaua'i Humane Society, children can de-velop their natural connection with ani-mals in a safe and respectful way. KHS interactive and effective education program teaches children respect for all animals, safety around animals, and re-sponsible animal care while promoting kindness to animals and their fellow hu-mans, too. For more information about the camps, or workshops, call Mele Brew-er at 632-0610. Reserve your space today!

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    EVENTS/FESTIVALSIsland School's 33rd Annual Gala AuctionMarch 10th, 2012, 5pm to 11pm, Kaua'i Marri-ott Kalapaki. Island Schools premier fundrais-ing event, "An Evening in Paris," will feature old-world charm, fine French wine and cui-sine, unique entertainment, and spectacular live, silent, and dessert auctions. Proceeds support tuition aid for students in need. For more information, email [email protected] or call 246-0233.Prince Kuhio CelebrationSunday, March 11 - Monday, March 26, Grand Hyatt Kauai'i Resort & Spa, Prince Kuhio Park, Kukui'ula Village, Plantation Gardens and Mar-riotts Wai'ohai Beach Club.Kaua'i Orchid and Art Festival 2012Friday March 30, 2012, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Saturday March 31, 2012, 8:00 AM to 4:00 pm: The Kaua'i Orchid and Art Festival show-cases free Hawaiian music concerts, art exhibits, ono food and the Garden Island Orchid Soci-etys Orchid Show. CONTACT: Joanna Carolan, [email protected], (808) 335-5944.Kaua'i Community College 10th Annual Spring Gourmet GalaTickets are $100.00. April 8, 2012, 6:00pmContact 245-8243.Kaua'i Museum May Day Celebration and Lei Contest Tuesday, May 5, 11:00a.m. - 4:00pm. Free. Kaua'i Museum.May Day by the BaySaturday, May 12, 9:00a.m. - 6:00pm. $5. Wai'oli Beach Park.2012 Kaua'i Polynesian FestivalThursday May 24 - Sunday May 27. $10. Vidinha Stadium Soccer Field - call 335-6466.Banana Poka RoundupSunday May 27, 10:00a.m. - 4:00pm. An-nual Forest Education Fair by Hui O Laka. Free. Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow, Kokee State Park.

    KEIKI EVENTSKodonomohi, Childrens Day CelebrationSaturday, March 3, 10am to 2pm. Presented by the Kaua'i Japanese Cultural Society at Kukui Grove.

    Parent & Child Fair Saturday, April 7, 10am to 2pm at Kukui Grove.Tiny Miss Garden Island Pageant Saturday, April 14, Presented by Joy Star Pro-ductions. time TBA. At Kukui Grove.Kaua'i Family Magazine Keiki Cover Search Saturday, May 12, 10am. Presented by Kaua'i Community FCU. At Kukui Grove Center. Register by April 20th. For information, Call 639-5656 or visit kauaifamilymagazine.com.

    DRAMAOnce upon a Dream The Dance ShowSaturday, April 28, 2012 11am & 4pm. KCC Performing Arts. Spectacular Live Dance, Film, Music & Multimedia Performance 80 talented dancers from Kaua'i Dance Center Classical Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern Dance www.kauaidancecenter.com. Call 823-9588 for more information.Aloha Dance Studio Spring RecitalSunday May 20, 2012 4:00pm. Celebrating 10 year anniversary. Kaua'i War Memorial Con-vention Hall. For more info call: (808) 245-1810.Summer StarsA performing arts education program. Infor-mation and applications can be obtained at www.hawaiichildrenstheatre.com. Registration starts March 1. Program will begin on June 4.

    EDUCATIONIsland School Summer OfferingsJune 18th to July 13thContact: (808) 246-0233 for programs.

    Leap into the ArcticGrades: Pre-K (3 and 4 year old). Time: 8 am to 12 noon. Cost: TBD

    Summer Science/English Shantelle Manibog Grades: Entering K to 2nd grade. Time: 8 am to 12 noon. Cost: TBD

    Summer Science Fun with Cristy PeerenGrades: 1-3. Time: 12 - 4 pm. Cost: TBD

    Reading Literacy ClinicGrades: 3-6. Time: 8 am - 12. Cost: $600

    Calendar of EventsFAMILY FRIENDLY

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    Kaua'i Humane Society CampsFor more information about the camps or- workshops, call Mele Brewer at 632-0610.

    Kaua'i Independent Daycare Services, Inc (K.I.D.S. School) Summer Nature TrexMid June 2012 through July 2012. Monday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm. Children born in 2009, 2008, 2007. Contact: (808) 822-0262 or email [email protected]

    Beginning Spanish classes for children and adults. "Fun with Spanish" One class is for ages 3-6 and another for ages 7-13. High School and Adult classes and tutoring are arranged based on the individual's schedule. Call Ana at 482-1863 for times and tuition.

    HEALTHFree Health Care For All February 28th to March 9th, 2012.Tropic Care Kaua'i. For more information and the various locations call 241-3387.

    Childbirth Preparation ClassesNew classes start monthly. Presented by Vir-ginia Beck, CNP. Founder of Malama Birth Training. For more information call West Kaua'i Clinics 335-0579.

    Childbirth & Parent Education ClassesThe Tuesday 6-week classes begin on March 13, 2012. Tuesdays 6:00 pm. Topics include: Discomfort & warning signs, Cesarean births, Newborns, Medications and hospital proce-dures, Labor, Delivery, Postpartum, breast- feeding & more! Call 245-1441 for more in-formation at Wilcox Health.

    Get a Grip Video ConferenceSaturday, March 3, 2012, 8:30 am. A video conference to hear a variety of physicians from Hawai'i Pacific Health as they explain how to Get a Grip on your active lifestyle, sports injuries, how to reduce chances of inju-ries and more. Call 245-1198 to register.

    Walk Around the Block with the DocSaturday, April 28, 7:00am. Meet in the lobby of Wilcox Memorial Hospital to start your brisk 1-mile walk around campus with Dr. John Funai, cardiologist at Kaua'i Medi-cal Clinic. Then join Dr. Funai for a delicious healthy breakfast and some heart health tips. Call 245-1198 to register. Kupuna Passport to Health Fair May 4, 2012 8:00am 12:00pmMahelona Medical Center. Info, training, screenings & more. 823-4136.

    MUSICTraditional Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Concerts Fridays, 4pm, Hanalei Community Center, Satur-days, 5pm, Kapa'a-Children of the Land (Kaua'i Vil-lage/Safeway), Sundays, 3pm, Hanalei Communi-ty Center. Free gift drawing. Proceeds support the center and this program. Tickets: $20/$15 (keiki/kupuna). Call 826-1469 for Info & Reservations.Na Lei Hiwahiwa ConcertFriday May 4, 2012, 5:00 Pm to 9:00pm. An-nual celebration of the beauty of the lei with con-temporary Hawaiian entertainment. Kaua'i Beach Resort. CONTACT: Carol Bain, [email protected], (808) 246-2111.E Kanikapila Kakou 2012 ConcertPerformance is Island wide, weekly through June 3. For more information call Carol Yotsuda at (808) 245-2733.

    SPORTSKaua'i Big Brothers Big Sisters 3rd Annual Bowl for Kids SakeSaturday, March 3, 2012. 3:00pm to 9:00pm at Lihue Bowling Center. Contact Kaulana Finn 855-2905 or email [email protected]'ola Lahui Ohana Fun Walk/RunSaturday, March 3, 2012 7:00am Check in. 7:30 Wallk/Run Starts at Kapa'a Neighbor-hood Center. For info call Chacha at 245-8933 or email: [email protected] For Babies April 14th at Lydgate Park Registration. Begins at 6:45am. Walk begins at 8:00am.TriKauai Triathlon April 15, 2012. For be-ginners and seasoned athletes alike. It can be done as individuals, or as a team (each person does a leg). Contact Brian Curll at 635-6311 or email: [email protected] www.TriKauai.com.Hanapepe Relay For Life April 28, 2012. Benefits the American Cancer Society, $10 entry. Hanapepe Stadium.

    Charity Walk Kauai May 12, 2012 6:30am 12:00 pm. Historic County Building.Visit CharityWalkHawaii.org for details.Business Persons Outrigger Canoe RaceMay 13 2012. Hosted by Pu'uwai Canoe Club at the Wailua River. Contact Brian Curll at 635-6311 or email: [email protected] Pedal to the Meadow 2012Sunday May 27, 2012, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Ride from Kekaha to Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow in Kokee State Park. Contact: Mary Williamson, (808) 335-9975.

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    Email photo and information to [email protected] to submit a baby announce-ment online. Or mail babys photo, full name, date of birth, parents names, address and phone number to Kaua'i Family Magazine, P.O. Box 665, Lihu'e, HI 96766. Babies must be 12 months or younger at date of publication. Please print clearly - KFM is not responsible for misspelling.

    Baby Boy: Peyton Jamhil E. Tacata

    Proud Parents: James and Hilda TacataBirthday: November 4, 2011Weight: 7 lbs 6.5 ouncesLength: 20.5 inchesProud Big Sisters: Sarit & Krystelle

    Announce Your Babys Birth!Its easy and FREE to share your 'ohanas good news. Dont miss this chance to announce your babys arrival and have a wonderful keepsake for your baby book.

    Baby Boy: Trenton Joseph Masato Mask

    Parents: Eryn & Dustin MaskBorn: August 12, 2011 at 10:37 a.m. Length: 21.75 inchesWeight: 6 lbs. 12 oz.

    Baby Girl: Janessa Lai Sang

    Born: January 1, 2012 at 10:59 a.mParents: Joanne Lai and Dr. New Sang Weight: 6 lbs. 5 oz., 20.25


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    Baby Boy: Reese Farias

    Parents: Sarah Blane and Ross FariasBaby Girl: Reese Jean Kekiwikuamooaoemma Farias Born: 7:59a.m. on September 26, 2011Weight: 7.2 lbs., Length: 21 inchesBig sister: Rayko Jane

    Baby Girl: Mackenzie Skye Nevaeh DomingoParents: Kristin & Neill Domingo

    Birthday: November 11, 2011Weight: 6 lbs. 5.8 oz.Length: 18.5 inches



    Having A Baby on Kauai?

    For a tour of our Family Birth Center, Call 338-9441

    9 Comprehensive Prenatal Care 9 Birth Preparation classes 9 Family Friendly birth center

    thats comfortable, safe, & secure.9 Personalized Care during

    mothers Labor & Delivery. 9 Specialty Trained Nurses in the

    care of mother and newborns including high risk babies.

    (NRP, S.T.A.B.L.E., PALS, and ACLS Skills)9 Board Certified Physicians in

    Obstetrics and Pediatrics.

    From conception through birth and childhood, were here to help you on the journey of parenthood.

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    As a parent, oftentimes we wonder if our children are growing and develop-ing normally. From the time of birth, we can track our childrens development based on how they play, learn, speak, behave and physically grow. Because every child develops at their own pace, it is important for us as a parent to be aware or how our child is developing. As our children reach certain develop-mental milestones, we should share this information with the childs pediatrician. Remember, as parents we know our chil-dren best. If our children are not meet-

    ing certain milestones, or are reaching them much later than other children their age, this could be a sign of a de-velopmental delay. If there are concerns, speak with a pediatrician and determine if your child qualifies for services with the Department of Health, Early Inter-vention Services (call 1-800-235-5477).

    What follows are just a few of many important developmental milestones to look for. For a more complete checklist by age visit www.cdc.gov/actearly or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.

    Tracking Your Childs Developmental Milestones By Cheryl Stiglmeier, LSW

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    Tracking Your Childs Developmental Milestones By Cheryl Stiglmeier, LSW

    6 months: Turns head when you call his/her name. Smiles back at you. Responds to sounds by making sounds. Sits longer without support. Likes social games, i.e. peek-a-boo.

    12 months: Uses simple gestures, i.e. shake head no or wave bye-bye. Pulls self up to a stand. Copies you during play, i.e. clapping. Responds when told no Says mama and dada.

    18 months: Plays pretend, i.e. talking on a toy phone. Points to things of interest. Uses several single words to get what they want. Walks without help. Looks at something when you point to and say look.

    24 months: Uses 2-4 word phrases. Shows more interest in other children. Fol-lows simple instructions. Kicks a ball. Able to point to something when you name it.

    3 years: Shows affection for playmates. Uses 4-5 words in a sentence. Copies adults and playmates. Climbs well. Plays

    make-believe with dolls, people and ani-mals.

    4 years: Follows 3 step commands; i.e. Get dressed, comb your hair and wash your face. Hops and can stand on one foot for up to five

    seconds. Uses 5-6 word sentenc-es. Shares and takes turns with

    other children. Draws circles and squares.

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    OHANA MAMASA local playgroup for you and your keiki. We are Stay-at-Home Parents, Working Parents, Single Parents, Grandparents, and the kids we take care of. Contact for more info: www.Meetup.com/OhanaMamas or www.Facebook.com/OhanaMamasMOTHERSONGPrinceville Community Center Wednesdays: 12:00pm-1:00pm. $10 donation A multi cultural singalong for families with young children/ba-bies/expecting parents. Call Amy for more info: 482-0294KA HOLA KAMALEI (The Young Childrens Hour) Princeville Library. Tuesdays: 10:30am-11:15am. Free story reading with a related craft, as well as finger plays. Licensed teachers facili-tate the programs for children up to 5 years old and their ohana. Call 826-4310 for more details.KAUAI GYMNASTICS ACADEMYParent & Tot Classes (Ages 1 and 2). Mondays: 9:30am-10:10am. Tot Classes (Ages 3-5) Mon-days: 10:15am-11:00am, Thursdays: 5:15pm-6:00pm, Saturdays: 9:00am-9:45am Call Kay at 245-8863 or email: [email protected]

    ALOHA DANCE STUDIOMondays: 5:00-6:00, Ballet/Tap Combo (ages 3 5 years old) Tiffany Dodge & Kiana Pigao. Wednesdays: 4:00-5:00, Ballet/Tap Combo (ages 3 5 years old) Tiffany Dodge & Kiana Pi-gao (NEW) Saturdays: 9:30-10:30am, Ballet/Tap Combo (ages 3 5 years old) Derienne Lee. Call Tiffany at 245-1810. www.AlohaDanceStudio.com

    KAUA'I DANCE CENTERPrimary Ballet Program (Ages 3 -4 1/2 ) is an introduction to dance. The primary goal is to foster a love of movement. Call Jennifer at 823-9588 or visit KauaiDanceCenter.com

    BABY SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSESFun-filled classes teach you to communicate with your baby before speech develops. Classes start in the Spring. Call Monika, at 652-5756 or email [email protected] www.BlossomingLittleMinds.com

    TODDLER THURSDAYSKukui Grove Center Every 1st and 3rd Thurs-day 11:00am-12pm: Keiki Crafts. 11:30am-12:00pm Showtime Characters

    Toddler Activities


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    Cover Keiki this month visited W.T. Hara-guchi Farm - a 6th generation work-ing taro farm located in Hanalei Valley to learn more about taro and the new Kaua'i Grown program promoting what is grown and raised on the island of Kaua'i to our community. Hoopulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill Educational Coor-dinator Lyndsey Haraguchi-Nakayama hosted the girls and showed them a little bit about how taro is harvested and


    This land has a long agricultural history, and once supported rice. Young farmers Lyndsey

    Haraguchi-Nakayama and her husband Brad Nakayama are working to sustain this legacy and grow it for a new genera-tion along with Lyndseys parents, who farm taro and helped create avenues for these products to be shared. Over 80% of the taro grown in the state of Hawai'i comes from Kaua'i, largely from the North Shore. Lyndsey and her family help perpetuate this crop and share its flavors

    with residents, visitors and most impor-tant, our keiki so that we may in-spire a greater knowledge of

    a g r i c u l t u r e in our com-munity and more future farmers.

    Learning about Taro and what is Kaua'i Grown


    By Melissa McFerrin

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    Visit your neighborhood farmers market and bring your family Shop and cook seasonally fresh is almost always more delicious Get to know farmers & ranchers, and how they prepare their favorites Expand your comfort zone, it can be fun to experiment with new flavors Ask for the Kaua`i Grown and Kaua`i Made products at your local grocery Order whats fresh and in season when you dine out Serve your family more fresh, local and healthy choices at home!

    Make It A Kauai Grown Day!

    Here are some simple ways to support Kaua'i farmers and ranchers, while sharing fresh local foods with your keiki and family:

    While Lyndsey shares Kaua'is history through educational tours of the Hoopu-lapula Haraguchi Rice Mill with students and visitors, Brad runs the Hanalei Taro & Juice Wagon where he creates new taro products for the community to en-joy, pulling from both traditional family recipes like kulolo and Hawaiian plates and also introducing new, fun ways to enjoy taro like taro hummus, burgers and smoothies.

    Hanalei Taro & Juice Company in com-bination with our familys nonprofit Hara-guchi Rice Mill historic tours, is a way to increase awareness of the agricultural history of Hanalei and the current taro

    industry, says Rodney Haraguchi, own-er and president. For the past 20 years, we have contributed back to our com-munity by providing free school tours. Our visitor tours help to sustain these educational tours and maintain the mill. Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. provides unique family recipes that customers, as well as tour guests, can enjoy. The taro coconut mochi is a perfect example of bringing together the past rice era and the present taro industry.

    Over 80% of the taro grown in the state of Hawai'i comes from Kaua'i...

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    The Haraguchi family were among the first to join the Kaua'i Grown program, a coopera-tion between the Kaua'i County Farm Bureau and County of Kaua'i to promote our local farmers and ranchers and the unique farm products that are creat-ed with what we grow

    and raise here on Kaua'i. Farmers and ranchers are joining along with retailers and restaurants who support this commu-nity wide effort to support our agriculture community and buy more local products. You can find more information on the W.T. Haraguchi Farm, Hanalei Taro & Juice Company at www.kauaigrown.org along with a directory of other farms and ranches around the island. Kaua'i Grown is a way

    we can help close the gap between what we grow and raise here on Kaua'i and what we buy, said Melissa McFerrin, Executive Administrator of the Kaua'i County Farm Bureau. Many people ask us where to find the local products that are grown here or how to learn more about our farms. Kaua'i Grown is about bringing the community together and creating more relationships between farmers and customers, so that we can know what is locally available and where to find it. Buying local is not only an is-sue of supporting our farmers, but also a public health issue to encourage our keiki to eat more healthy, fresh foods and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Toward that end, Kaua'i Grown is work-ing with the County, Get Fit Kaua'i and other partners on an online directory of farms, farm products, and the retailers and restaurants who carry them as well as a signage system to help identify Kaua'i Grown products at point of purchase.

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    Ho'opulapula Haraguchi Rice MillHo'opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, docu-menting, and interpreting this unique historic structure which is Hawai'i's only remaining rice mill and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours by appointment only. Teachers may contact the Educational Coordinator Lyndsey Haraguchi-Nakayama directly for tour scheduling and curriculum information at [email protected] or 808.651.3399. Please respect residents & endangered wildlife - No public access into the farm & Rice Mill except for these exclusive guided tours.

    For a full listing of farmers markets, local events, stores and restaurants featuring Kaua'i Grown products, please visit www.kauaigrown.org Operated by the Kaua'i County Farm Bureau supported by County of Kaua'i, Kaua'i Grown is the official program to promote our farmers and ranchers and their farm fresh products, as well as the Kaua'i product producers, retailers, and restaurants who showcase what our farmers grow and raise on Kaua'i.

    At Kaua'i Community Market each week, Lyndseys husband Brad Nakayama offers up fruit juices, Hawaiian plates, Taro burgers and local specials at the Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. wagon.

    Kaua'i Community Market is held weekly on Saturdays from 9:30am to 1pm in the KCC front parking lot. Kaua'i Community Market is a cooperation between the Kaua'i County Farm Bureauand Kaua'i Community College to promote greater connection between farmers and community.

    For more information visit www.kauaicommunitymarket.org.

    From Farm to TableSpotlight on Kaua'i Community Market

    Kaua'i Cover Keiki enjoy a gourmet chocolate covered banana by CocoBananas

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    4 Tips to Grow Healthy and StrongThe very hungry caterpillar eats many foods on his journey to becoming a but-terfly. You can help your child on his or her journey to grow up healthy and strong.

    1. EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AT EVERY MEALFruits and vegetables add important vita-mins and fiber to your diet. At every meal, include some kind of fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables. Just be sure to watch out for those with fatty sauces or

    added sugar. Aim for at least five fruits and veggies a day. Remember to avoid small, hard foods on which your child can choke, and cut any firm, round foods (e.g., raw carrots or grapes) into long, thin slices.Ideas for adding fruits and veggies to your meals: Add fruits and veggies to foods your child already likes: put blueberries in pan-cakes, chopped fruit on cereal, or small pieces of broccoli in macaroni and cheese. Make it fun: try cutting up food into fun shapes or making faces out of fruits and vegetables. Prepare and pack fruits and veggies as snacks for after school, after sports prac-tice and other times.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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    2. GIVE KIDS A SAY IN WHAT THEY EATGet Them Excited About Healthy Food!Help your kids make the right food choic-es from an early age. You can do this by giving them two healthy choices to choose from, like an apple and an orange. Its a great way for your kids to get excited about eating healthy foods. Let them de-cide what and how much to eat.

    Ideas to help children get excited about food: Let them help you with small, kid-safe jobs in the kitchen such as mixing ingredi-ents and setting the table. Allow them to smell, touch, taste and play with food.

    3. EAT BREAKFAST EVERY DAYEating breakfast helps your child start his day in a healthy way. Incorporate fruit and whole grains whenever possible. Children and adults who eat breakfast daily are less likely to be overweight.

    4. EAT TOGETHER AS A FAMILYTry to set aside your meals as family time, and eat together as often as possible. Even babies can join family meal time. By age 9 months, they are able to eat on the same schedule with you. Create family meal times when they are little and keep this tradition as they grow.

    This was made from Babybel cheese, green apple, a lit-tle piece of cheese slice and fruit roll up. Pretty fun and healthy, isnt it? Courtesy of CuteFoodForKids.com




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    Kaua'i School DirectoryBrought to you by: PACIFIC SERVICE & DEVELOPMENT

    PRE-SCHOOLS:All Saints Nursery School Kapa'a (808) 822-0122Aloha School Early Learning Center Hanalei (808) 826-6421Child Care Center Lihu'e (808) 245-9651Island School Lihu'e (808) 246-0233Kalaheo Early Learning Center Kalaheo (808) 332-0707Kalaheo Missionary Church Kalaheo (808) 332-9916Kalaheo Head Start Kalaheo (808) 332-0150Kamehameha Preschool Anahola (808) 822-4475Kamehameha Preschool Kauamakani (808) 335-0069Kapaa Missionary Church Kapa'a (808) 822-0295Kaua'i Christian Academy Kilauea (808) 828-0047Keiki Adventures Kapa'a (808) 822-7823Kaua'i Independent Daycare Centers (K.I.D.S.) Kapa'a (808) 822-0262Keiki O'Aloha Head Start Center Lihu'e (808) 245-7287Keiki O'Ka Aina Lihu'e (808) 245-5002Kekaha Head Start Center Kekaha (808) 337-1441Koloa Early School Koloa (808) 742-1769Lihue Christian-Ae Kamalii Nursery Daycare Lihu'e (808) 245-6622Lihue Hongwanji Mission Lihu'e (808) 245-7857Lihue Lutheran Church Lihu'e (808) 245-2145Menehune School Hanalei (808) 826-6133Na Kamalei School Kilauea (808) 828-1144PMRF Child Development Center Kekaha (808) 335-4419Pulama Keiki Pre-School Lihu'e (808) 245-8003Punana Leo OKauai Lihu'e (808) 245-8003Sea Cliff School Kilauea (808) 828-0353St. Catherines Preschool Kapa'a (808) 822-9229St. Theresas School Kekaha (808) 337-1751Tutu and Me Traveling Preschool Islandwide (808) 822-4280Waimea Baptist Preschool Waimea (808) 338-1755

    PRIVATE SCHOOLS:Island School (K-12) www.ischool.org Lihu'e (808) 246-0233Kahili Adventist School (K-12) www.kahili.org Lawai (808) 742-9294Kaua'i Christian Academy (Pre-12) www.kca.school.net Kilauea (808) 828-0047Olelo Christian Academy (K-12) www.olelochristianacademy.org Lihu'e (808) 246-6535St. Catherine School (pre-K-8) www.st-catherineschool.org Kapa'a (808) 822-4212St. Theresas Elementary (pre-K-8) Kekaha (808) 337-1351

    HOME SCHOOLS:KEA Homeschool www.keahomeschool.webs.com Kapa'a (808) 822-1775Christian Home Schoolers www.kauaichristianhomeschool.com Various (808) 635-2259of Kaua'i

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    Hanalei ElementaryCorey Nakamura (808) 826-4300Fax 826-4302 5415 Kuhio Hwy.Hanalei, HI 96714 www.hanalei.k12.hi.us/

    Kapa'a ElementaryJason Kuloloia (808) 821-4424Fax 821-4431 4886 Kawaihau RdKapa'a, HI 96746 www.kapaa.k12.hi.us

    Kapa'a HighDaniel Hamada (808) 821-4400Fax 821-4420 4695 Mailihuna RdKapa'a, HI 96746 www.k12.hi.us/~kapaahs

    Kapa'a Middle Nathan Aiwohi (808) 821-4460Fax 821-6967 4867 Olohena Rd.Kapa'a, HI 96746 www.kapaams.k12.hi.us

    Kilauea ElementarySherry Scott (808) 828-1212Fax 828-2034 2440 Kolo Rd.Kilauea, HI 96757 www.kilauea.k12.hi.us

    Kamakahelei MiddleDebra Badua (808) 241-3200Fax 241-3210 4431 Nuhou St.Lihu'e, HI 96766 www.ckms.k12.hi.usKaua'i High Linda Smith (808) 274-3160Fax 274-3170 3577 Lala RoadLihu'e, HI 96766 Teacherweb.com/HI/Kauaihigh/raders/hi.aspxKing Kaumualii ElementaryKaren Liu (808) 241-3150Fax 241-3159 4380 Hanamaulu RdLihu'e, HI 96766 www.kaumualii.k12.hi.usKoloa Elementary Debra Lindsey (808) 742-8460Fax 742-8466 3223 Poipu Rd.Koloa, HI 96756 http://koloa.k12.hi.usWilcox Elementary Terry Proctor (808) 274-3150Fax 274-3152 4319 Hardy StreetLihu'e, HI 96766 http:/Wilcox.k12.hi.usEleele Elementary Fred Rose (808) 335-2111Fax 335-8415 PO Box 38Eleele, HI 96705 www.eleele.k12.hi.usKalaheo ElementaryErik Burkman (808) 332-6801Fax 332-6804 4400 Maka RoadKalaheo, HI 96741 www.kalaheoschool.comKekaha ElementaryJason Yoshida (808) 337-7655Fax 337-7657 8140 Kekaha RoadKekaha, HI 96752 www.kakeaha.k12.hi.us

    Niihau High & ElementaryNely Caberto (808) 338-6800Fax 338-6807 PO Box 339Waimea, HI 96796 http://power2k12.hi.us

    Waimea Canyon MiddleGlenda Miyazaki (80) 338-6830Fax 338-6832 9555 Huakai St.Waimea, HI 96796 http://web.me.com./wcs

    Waimea HighNely Caberto (808) 338-6800Fax 338-6807 PO Box 339Waimea, HI 96796 www.waimeahighschool.org

    CHARTER SCHOOLS: hcsao.org/pages/schoolsCharter Schools are part of the Hawaii State Depart-ment of Education as independent learning centers that have their own philosophy of governance.

    Hawai'i Technology Academy Princeville Center, Suite G-2045-4280 Kuhio Hwy.Princeville, HI 96722(808) 826-4448Grades: K-12

    Kanuikapono Learning Center 4333 Kukuihale Road, Anahola, HI 96703Director: Delton Johnson(808) 823-9160Hawaiian Immersion Grades K-12kanuikapono.org

    Kawaikini 3-1821 J. Kaumuali'i Highway, Lihu'e, HI 96766Director: Samuel Kaleimakammae Kaauwai(808) 632-2032Hawaiian Immersion Grades: K-12 kawaikini.com

    Ke Kula Ni'ihau o Kekaha 8135 Kekaha Road, Kekaha, HI 96752Director: Haunani Seward(808) 337-0481Hawaiian Bilingual Grades: K-12 hcsao.org/schoolke-kula-niihau-o-kekaha

    Kula Aupuni Ni'ihau A Kahelelani Aloha 8315 Kekaha Road, Kekaha, HI 96752 Director: Hedy Sullivan(808) 337-2022Hawaiian Bilingual Grades: K-12


    PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Kauaischools.org

    University of HawaiiKaua'i Community College3-1901 Kaumuali'i Hwy., Lihu'e, Hawaii 96766Admissions Office (808) 245-8225www.Kauai.hawaii.edu

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    Time to get registered for kindergarten!HOW TO STARTTo find out which school to register your child at, you can: Call or stop by the el-ementary schools in your area and give them your street address. The office staff can tell you if your address falls in the schools district. WHAT YOU NEED TO REGISTER:Bring the following documents to the school to register your child: Health Records (Form 14). Physical Ex-amination, Written documentation of re-quired Immunizations, Tuberculosis (TB) clearance. Birth Certificate. Bring an original or cer-tified copy of your childs birth certificate. Your child must be age 5 by December 31.

    Legal documents. Bring the legal doc-uments if there were changes to your childs name, custody arrangement, or guardianship. Proof of current local address. Your child must live within the schools geo-graphic district. Bring an electric, tele-phone, or cable bill, or a housing or rental agreement. If you have questions about geographic exceptions, ask the school registrar.

    OTHER INFORMATION:If your child has been enrolled in any special needs preschool program, please share this information at the time of registration.

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    Purpose of a Parent Teacher Conference is to share important information about your child so that they can do their best in school. Keep the focus on what will be best for your child.

    You, the parent will understand how your child is doing at school & your childs teacher learns about likes and dislikes, strengths and growth areas from you as the main teacher in your childs life.In preparing for a successful conference: review your childs schoolwork, skills youd like to point out & difficulties you would like to discuss. Note: this is the appropriate time to share any changes in home life or family losses.

    Write your questions & think of ques-tions your teacher might ask.

    You might ask questions like: What kinds of tests & quizzes do you give? Are there special programs to suit my childs needs & interests?

    Your childs teacher might ask questions like: How much time does your child spend on homework? How do you think your child learns best? (for example, by listening, seeing, touching?)

    Tips for Success: 1) Arrive on time and talk about your biggest concerns first. 2) Listen carefully and ask for clarification. 3) Stay calm & positive. Avoid conflict. 4) Make an ACTION PLAN before you leave. 5) Thank your childs teacher for her effort. 6) After the conference talk with your child and follow up with the action plan. Keep the rela-tionship positive and communication open.

    Making the most of your parent teacher conferenceBy Bridget Arume

    Parenting starts before your baby is born and continues until adult-hood. It never really stops.

    LOVING SOLUTIONS Disciplining with Love ages 5-10 years old; $30.00Sue (808) 828-1212Kilauea parent centerCall for details

    POSITIVE PARENTING Parents of pre-K to kindergarten;mini workshop. Gloria(808)241-3150. King Kaumuali'i: 5:30- 7:00pm

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    Parenting in a digital worldBy Chuck Lasker

    Its difficult enough to keep up with what your kids are doing with other kids at school and at play. But these days you have to deal with their online activities, too. Kids are joining the social web at younger and younger ages. Despite the Facebook minimum age of 13 to create an account, a recent Pew Internet sur-vey* found that almost half of American 12-year olds have Facebook accounts.

    It might be tempting to take the simple path of shutting your children out of the social web completely. However, they could end up falling behind in the online skills they will need for their education and careers. Instead, you could use this opportunity to help your kids become responsible online users while encour-aging open communications.

    There are steps you can take to protect your kids while encouraging responsible digital citizenship.

    1. Watch the video and review the comments at this Phineas and Ferb web page: http://bit.ly/Cybersmart. There is a link near the bottom for parents, too.

    2. Sign up on Facebook and start using it yourself. Ask your kids to help you understand it as a way to en-courage communication.

    3. Insist that your kids make you a Facebook friend. Tell them you will not post embarrassing things on their pages (and then be sure you dont).

    4. Regularly review what your kids post and their friends list. Ask about friends you dont recognize.

    5. Be a good digital citizen yourself. How you behave online will influence how your kids behave online.

    6. Keep learning and talking. The digi-tal world is changing fast. Keep asking your kids to help you along.

    By encouraging responsible Internet use and showing your kids you are enjoying learning about social media with them, you will set yourself up as the first place they will go when they have concerns with anything that is happening online. And thats the most important thing we can do as parents.

    Chuck Lasker is an Internet consultant, social media educator, and writer who successfully raised his two sons during the internet revolution.

    * http://bit.ly/pewstats


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    The Department Of Education Section Is Brought To You By PACIFIC SERVICE & DEVELOPMENT,


    Proverbs of a first graderA first grade teacher collected well-know proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. Its hard to believe these were actually done by first graders! Their insight may surprise you. While reading these, keep in mind that these are first graders...six year-olds, be-cause the last one is classic!

    Better to be safe than ...................................................................punch a 5th grader Strike while the ......................................................................................... bug is close Never underestimate the power of ............................................................... termites You can lead a horse to water, but ......................................................................how? Dont bite the hand that ..............................................................................looks dirty No news is...................................................................................................impossible A miss is as good as a ............................................................................................ Mr. You cant teach an old dog new ......................................................................... math If you lie down with dogs, youll .................................................stink in the morning Love all, trust ........................................................................................................... me The pen is mightier than the .................................................................................pigs An idle mind is ............................................................................the best way to relax Happy is the bride who ...............................................................gets all the presents A penny saved is ...........................................................................................not much Twos company, threes ....................................................................... the Musketeers Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and ...you have to blow your nose Children should be seen and not ...........................................spanked or grounded If at first you dont succeed .............................................................get new batteries And the kicker : Better late than ...........................................................................................pregnant!!!

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    Cooking up a storm with BooksChildren love to eat but they also love to cook/bake. It teaches them how to follow directions as well as measuring and patience. They also have fun eating their creations. The Library has many fiction and non-fiction books on cooking/baking for children of all ages.

    Picture booksAmelia Bedelia Bakes Off Parish, Herman. Amelia Bedelia enters a baking contest by mistake and creates a delicious treat. Grades 1-3Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cup-cakes OConnor, Jane. Fancy Nancy bakes cupcakes for the school bake sale but forgets one very important detail. Preschool - Grade 2

    Froggy Bakes a Cake London, Jona-than. Froggy makes a big mess helping his father make a cake for his mothers birthday. Preschool - Grade 2

    FictionIts Raining Cupcakes Schroeder, Lisa. Isabel desperately wants to enter a bak-ing contest where the finalists get a trip to New York. Grades 4-6

    Bake Sale Varon, Sara. Graphic novel about Cupcake who runs a bakery but dreams of traveling. Grades 3 & up

    Non-FictionScholastics The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake Beech, Linda. The class tries to bake a cake for Ms. Frizzles birthday but end up inside of it. Grades 1-3

    Pink Princess Cookbook Beery, Barba-ra. Fun recipes for sweet treats. Grades 3-5

    You Can Cook Karmel, Annabel. Color photos inspire children to make a variety of tempting recipes. Grades 2 & upUsborne Childrens Book of Baking Patchett, Fiona. Simple but yummy step-by step recipes to impress everyone. Grades 3 & up

    Dora & Diego Lets Cook Even young children can help in the kitchen. Preschool and up.

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    Bank of Hawaii would like to support all of Kaua'is Keiki and Families in their Financial Education.

    Kaua'i Community College is a great place to start a career in any of the Sci-ence, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, and it is also a great place to increase your skill level in any of those subjects as well. Students can complete the first two years of math and other disciplines for any STEM field right here at home at KCC. They also have the option of completing certificates in Plant Bioscience, Electronics, Hawaiian Botany, Marine Op-tions, Polynesian Voyag-ing, Digital Media Arts, or Facilities Engineer-ing Technology. They can currently earn an As-sociate in Science Degree in Electronics, and the college is working on strengthening other pathways to STEM ca-reers here at home. Students in these fields have exciting opportunities to work in sci-ence and engineering fields, whether it is creating rock-ets, helping to develop jet fuel from algae, studying our reefs, or building a canoe. When qualified students finish at KCC, they can automatically transfer to four-year degree programs at any UH institu-tion. For students who wish to

    enter the work force, their skills prepare them for jobs in sectors such as environ-mental monitoring or agriculture. Many of the students from our electronics pro-gram go to work at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. For students not seeking a degree, but interested in a better skill base, KCC offers a variety of programs that can improve existing skill sets in motivated

    individuals. Improving their expertise can help these stu-dents advance in their fields

    and take advantage of the op-portunities in the 21st century work force.

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    Kaua'i Community College

    Paying for college just got easierRecognizing the need for private student loans for its members, Kaua'i Community FCU now offers a funding solution to stu-dents and their families with the EdAccess Private Student Loan, which is available through cuStudentLoans.org.

    The EdAccess Private Student Loan can help pay for all qualified education ex-penses, including tuition, room and board, books, computers, even past due tuition bills. Borrow as little as $2,000 or as much as $30,000 per year for a maxi-mum of $120,000 in undergraduate loans or $160,000 in graduate loans. This pri-vate student loan option also includes a unique financial literacy component that helps students learn good credit habits

    and build their credit scores while they are still in school.

    EdAccess Private Student Loan Benefits include: Zero origination fee for qualified student borrowers Low rates, and with good grades get even lower rates 1% interest rate reduction once you repay 10% of the loan 30-day no-fee return policy allows you to cancel the loan if you find a better option No cosigner required for qualified student borrowersTo apply/for more information, go to: www.custudentloans.org/kcfcu

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    Kids college for the summerUnder development at Kaua'i Commu-nity College for Kids College in the Summer of 2012 will be a series of popu-lar, hands-on, science and technology programs. Five, week-long programs for students ages 11, 12, and 13.

    Planet Kaua'i - Want to grow up and be a scientist? Get outdoors in this class and test the quality of the air and soil, learn the make-up of our islands water, geog-raphy, air and monitor the intensity of the suns ultraviolet radiation. Technologies such as the GPS and renewable energy devices will be used to monitor the en-vironment.

    Rocketry - What makes a high-flying rocket? How can you tell how high it will fly? Students will build, launch and re-cover a model rocket that they build from scratch, using basic classroom material. A Launch Day will culminate the weeks activities and be open to attendance by family and friends.

    Power Kaua'i - Learn how to power a Logo Ferris wheel without batteries. Uti-

    lizing wind, solar and hydro energy sys-tems, students will generate their own electricity to power wheel, windmill, and water wheels.

    Robotics - Think you can build a robot? Students will be introduced to building and programming a Lego Mindstorm, creating activities to complete on a Mis-sions mat.

    Busted: Myths in Science - Ever wonder what happens when you drop a mentos candy into soda? Or will pop-rocks re-ally make your stomach explode? Join fellow mythbusters and help determine the truth behind several well-known ur-ban legends, utilizing hands-on trial and error formats, while learning about myths related to pressure and temperature. Contact the KCC Office of Continuing Education and Training (OCET), to get on the waiting list for this popular classes that unusually sell-out every summer. We also would like to know your requests and suggestions for other summer one-week camps: Call 808 245-8318

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    All participating Keiki will: Experience a professional photo shoot at Photo Spectrum Receive one FREE 4x6 photo to take home Be invited to the May 12th Keiki Cover Search Event at Kukui Grove Enjoy a day of entertainment, keiki activities, resources and goody bags Support Kaua'i Big Brothers, Big Sisters with your participation Have a chance to become one of the four selected winners!

    For complete rules, online application and more information visit our website: www.kauaifamilymagazine.com *Contest open to keiki of Kaua'i county residents who have not previously appeared on the cover and fit into the age categories described. Contact for questions: [email protected] or call 808.639.5656.

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  • Dolly Kanekuni and her son Blade are connected. They love each other and re-spect each others being. Dolly was Mrs. Bucket and Blade was her son Charlie; two roles that brought to life a lovely place where poor is powerful and hope is a golden ticket.

    What was it like to play Charlie knowing your real life mother was your mother on stage? Awesome! Blade said. What was it like being Mrs. Bucket and

    having Blade play your son? Priceless. Now that the show is over is Charlie still hanging around? Blade went seamless-ly from himself to the role of Charlie as

    theyre very much alike! Willy Wonka the musical story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made life special for a couple dozen families that worked on this play either as actors or produc-tion staff. They sang, danced and played together for 12 weeks in preparation for the November show. HCT's blend of adults and children in plays is not common in most productions but it works well here on Kaua'i. Children learn from sea-soned actors while seasoned actors

    Hawai'i Childrens TheatreBy Ron Horoshko

    Aloha Dance Studio is accepting enrollment for our 2012 session beginning on January 3rd!

    Ballet Tap Jazz Hip Hop FlamencoContemporaryLyrical Pointe Professional instruction for ages 3 years old through adults for all levels and abilities with a fun and exciting learning atmosphere. We are open 6 days a week and offer over 30 classes. 2 Recital per year! Just Dance Master classes and workshop with So you think you can dance & Americas best dance crew Elite Company Groups

    Congratulations to Aloha Dance Studio!They have been invited to represent the whole state of Hawaii as the one and only delegate to join the international dance festival, spring of 2013....


    Director: Tiffany DodgeCentrally located in Lihue just behind Home Depot.



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    Dolly Kanekuni Vocal StudiosLihue Kilauea Honolulu [email protected]

    (808) 652-1323Private lessons weekly or learn at your own pace.

    Ages 6-adult. Scholarships available

    Singing is a physical activity that can be learned by anyone!

    Sing the songs you love in any style with a natural, clear and strong sound

    throughout your entire range!





    are inspired by the full throttle enthu-siasm of the children. The value of the end result could be seen on the faces of the hundreds of keiki and families who were whisked away into a world of pure imagination at each performance.

    Before playing Charlie, Blade had been in several roles on stage. This was his first time playing the central character and he was on stage from nearly begin-ning to end of the show. This was a huge development oppor-tunity for him, said Dolly, as well as the other children who participate in HCT programs each year. Participating together in a full scale production is a wonderful way to use and build skills in dancing, singing and acting but it is so much more than that. Most importantly it teaches our keiki about teamwork, pa-tience, and leadership and gives them confidence, which as a parent is the best gift of all.

    Hawai'i Childrens Theatre programs provide a variety of educational ex-periences for ages 5 to young adult, including the popular after school Fall Musical program, Summer Stars and Pono Players message theatre for youth. It also offers volunteer opportunities for seasoned per-formers, parents and community members. Over 10,000 children and families attend HCT performances each year.

    Summer Stars registration opens March 1, for program beginning June 4. Classes and summer show for ages 5 and up. No previous the-atre experience required.

    For more information on the Hawai'i Childrens Theatre contact the office at 808-246-8985 or visit us online at hawaiichildrenstheatre.com.

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    GAMEKIDS Comes to Kaua'iGAMEKIDS will make its Kaua'i de-but this February on their own internet channel on Kaua'i based Hawai'i Stream. GAMEKIDS is an educational TV show for children which previously ran for sev-eral seasons on Time Warners Oceanic Cable channel 16 (known as OC16). It featured some of Hawai'is most talent-ed children and teens.

    GAMEKIDS is being produced by Media Bridge, an award winning multimedia educational publishing company. Ren-nie Mau, Executive Producer/Director and founder created GAMEKIDS in 1995 when the internet was young. GAME-KIDS.COM has since received many awards for its educational emphasis and a "safe surf web site for kids and teens which focuses on how children play and use their imagination around the world.

    GAMEKIDS also has a nonprofit section, GAMEKIDS Educational Adventures, which hosts several times a year on differ-ent islands, the PLAYDANCE Performing Arts Day Camps to give opportunity for local children to experience theater and the media arts for both beginner and advanced children. PLAYDANCE camps run one week with a finale performance. The next PLAYDANCE will run March 12-16 on the grounds of the Koloa Union Church in Koloa. It is open to children in grades 2-8. They will be performing a special version of Peter Pan.

    For more information contact GAME-KIDS via website at www.gamekids.com or phone (808) 280-9591 or e-mail: [email protected]

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    Begin Here...Go Anywhere

    4224 Hanahao Place - Puhiemail: [email protected]

    CALL: 245-8863

    $5 OFF Family Membershipwith coupon and new student registration

    Gymnastics Back Handsprings Parkour Boys Only Classes Parent and Tot Classes Non-Competitive Teams Exhibition Teams New Bigger Facility

    Birthday Parties

    Safe Environment to learn the Fun Of Gymnastics

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    April 9 to August Puuwai Canoe Club's Children's Program & Kapa'a Boys & Girls Club Paddling ProgramA Spring and Summer Paddling Program for children ages 10 - 18, coached by our volunteer staff and in conjunction with the Kapa'a Boys and Girls Clubs. Location: Wailua River in Kapa'a Contact Brian Curll at 635-6311 or email: [email protected] PuuwaiOutriggercanoeclub.org

    April 28 & 29 Mayors Age Group Track Meet Free! This two-day event is held at Vidinha Stadium for all students K-Grade 8. Over 1,000 youth participate in this annual event pro-viding various field and running competition. For more information contact Aaron Uyeda, East Complex Supervisor at 822-0511

    May 26 Hershey Track and FieldFree event at Vidinha Stadium for youth ages 9 thru 14. Registrations due by May 18, 2012. (Registration NOT accepted on day of meet).Forms available at all Neighborhood Centers. For more information contact Pat Viernes 241-6858

    Swim Kaua'i Aquatics Ages 5 - 18 Competitive Swimming and Physi-cal Fitness (Year Round Swim Team)Monday through Saturday 3.30pm - 6 pm according to ability level Our only require-ments.. be able to swim one length and smile! Assistant Coach Kathleen Littlefield (808) 652-1385

    Youth Spring and Summer Sports

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    For more info or to buy contact your coach or local coach Tiffani Yim at www.tiffaniyim.com

    Ask about challenge group info for all levels!

    Get Healthy!Lose Weight!

    KPALThe Kaua'i Police Activities League (KPAL) provides an array of activities island-wide for young people between the ages of five and 18, or still in high school.

    The cost is $20 per activity, or you can sign up for an annual fee of $50 which allows you to participate in any KPAL activity at any location throughout the year. Scholarships are available (50% off for each activity) for those who receive Free meals at school. Proof of qualification is required at registration.

    KPAL YOUTH CENTER ACTIVITIES (located at 4800 Kawaihau Road, Kapa'a):

    JIU-JITSU (Ages 7 to 18)Tuesdays (Ages 7 to 11), 6pm to 7pm, (Ages 12 to 17), 7pm to 8pm

    WRESTLING (Ages 6 to 18) Wednesday & Friday 4pm to 6 pm

    HIP HOP DANCE (Ages 5 to 18)Wednesday & Friday- 3 pm to 4 pm

    To join any of the above activities show up during the scheduled class time. For more in-formation on activities held at the KPAL Youth Center in Kapa'a, email: [email protected] or call Officer Ozaki at 652-6999.

    KPAL ACTIVITIES IN OTHER LOCATIONS ISLANDWIDE:BOXING (Ages 7 to 18)Locations in Lihu'e & Hanapepe. Continuous recruitment. For more information, contact Officer Mark Ozaki at 652-6999, email: [email protected]

    WRESTLING (Ages 6 to 18) .Second location at Lihu'e Veterans Center Hall. Season from January to June. Contact: Officer Mark Ozaki 652-6999 or email [email protected]

    SEA SCOUTS (Ages 13 to 19)Meets weekly at the Kapa'a Youth Center. Continuous recruitment. Contact: Commodore Larry Richardson at 652-0802 or email: [email protected]

    NORTHSHORE BASKETBALL (Ages 5-13 ) Kilauea Neighborhood Center (Season from February to May) Call Officer Mark Ozaki or email: [email protected]

    FLAG FOOTBALL (Grades K -12) Island Wide (Season from April to July) Call Mark Ozaki 652-6999 or email: [email protected] Visit us at Facebook/KauaiPoliceActivitiesLeague

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    FOR SENIORSOngoing Senior Programs

    Classes and activities are scheduled at community neighborhood centers throughout the island. Some of the classes available include: art, aquatics, ukulele, hula, bonsai, cultural dances, exercise, hanafuda, weaving, quilting, chorus, line dance, sewing, crafts, paint-ing, and others.

    If you are interested in joining our senior program or would like a monthly senior calendar contact the Neighborhood Cen-ter closest to you.

    Kekaha NC ..............................337-1671Waimea NC ............................338-1122Kaumakani NC ........................335-5770Hanapepe NC .........................335-3731Kalaheo NC ............................332-9770Koloa NC ................................742-1313Lihu'e NC ................................241-6857Kapa'a NC ...............................822-1931Kilauea NC ..............................828-1421

    February July

    Senior Softball League A social and competitive island-wide sports program for seniors 55 and over. For more information contact Pat Bani-yaga at 651-5880.

    FOR KEIKIApril 28 & 29

    Mayors Age Group Track Meet Free!This two-day event is held at Vidinha Stadium for all students K-Grade 8. Over 1,000 youth participate in this annual event providing various field and running competition. For more information con-tact Aaron Uyeda, East Complex Supervi-sor at 822-0511.

    May 26

    Hershey Track and FieldFree event at Vidinha Stadium for youth ages 9 thru 14. Registrations due by May 18, 2012. (Registration NOT accepted on day of meet). Forms available at all Neigh-borhood Centers. For more information contact Pat Viernes at 241-6858.

    June 12th-July 20th (except July 4)

    2012 Summer Enrichment Program Information:Ages: 5-11 years oldProgram Hours: 7:30 am- 5:30 pmLocations: King K. Elementary, Wilcox Elementary, Lihu'e NC, Kapa'a NC, Kilauea NC, Koloa NC, Kalaheo NC, Hanapepe NC, & Kekaha NC. * Limited Enrollment* Parents must provide child with lunch, snacks & drinks



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    Enrichment Registration:Date: May 15th & 16th, 2012Time: 8:00 am- 4:00 pmLocation: At Neighborhood Cen-ters previously listed (King K and Wilcox registration at Lihu'e NC)Fee: $100 for 1 child. Fee reduced for each additional child, & by 50% for income eligible families.* Money order or check only, made payable to Director of Finance

    For More Information: call your re-spective Neighborhood Centers.(numbers on facing page)



    THE KAUA'I BUSFixed Route Service: (bus stop to bus stop)Monday - Friday 5:27 a.m. - 7:50 pmSaturday and Holiday 6:21 a.m. - 5:50 pm


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    Babysitting Classes AprilPATCH is offering the following training in Kapaa during the month of April (Date TBA):Babysitting Part I: Child care basics for teenagers interested in working with young children: Safety & Health, Child Development, Feeding & Bedtime.Babysitting Part II: Child care basics for teenagers interested in working with young children: Activities, Behaviors, Pro-fessional Development. Contact: Cathy at 246-0622 to sign up.

    National Credit Union Youth Week April 23-27Credit unions celebrate youth in April. Visit any Kaua'i Community FCU office and participate in our youth savings de-posit challenge. Cash drawing, free priz-es, contests and games. Contact: Terri Kaniho at 246-1227 or email [email protected]

    Teen Open Mic Nite WeeklyLocated at The Jam Room At Kukui Grove. The Jam Room is the hangout for teens and tweens on Fridays from 6:30pm-8:30pm

    Junior Leader Program All children 12 through 16 years old qualify to take part in our Junior Leader program. Each applicant is required to submit a one-page essay on describing their reasons on why they want to be a Junior Leader. There are three positions available per program site. This program provides youth with an opportunity for personal development, community service, and career sampling.Contact: email [email protected], or call 808-241-5126.

    KPD-KCC Police Explorer ProgramThe Explorer Program is for career-ori-ented young adults aged 14 through 20. Members are referred to as "Explorer" and, while the program is part of the Boy Scouts of America, the Explorer program is instinctively different from scouting As an Explorer, young adults have the opportunity to assist the Kaua'i Police Department. Although the Po-lice Explorers Program is law enforce-ment oriented, Explorers are volunteers and do not serve as police employees, sworn or civilian. Contact: Officer Darla Abbatiello at 241-1674.

    Kaua'i Junior Lifeguard Program

    The program is free and is designed to teach young people, ages 13 to 17, ocean safety and lifesaving skills. Additionally, it covers drug awareness, physical condi-tioning and competition skills. To be eli-gible for the workshop, participants must be committed to the challenges it offers and be able to swim and run 100 yards non-stop without assistance. There are five sites scheduled in June for this years Junior Lifeguard Program: Salt Pond, Ly-dgate, Hanalei, Po'ipu, and Kalapaki. The week-long sessions run Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm.

    For more information, please call the Ocean Safety Bureau at 241-4984 or 241-4979.


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    Preparing kids for independence and adulthood brings many challenges for parents teaching teens to drive, ne-gotiating later curfews, researching col-leges, and discussing tough topics, to name just a few.Among these hurdles is helping teens start managing their own health care. It can be hard to let go after all, mom and dad have been handling the doctor appointments, prescriptions, immuniza-tions, and countless other medical con-cerns since their kids were born.But its important to guide teens toward taking on this responsibility. After all, parents wont always be around to manage their childrens health care and in most cases, once their kids become adults,

    legally they wont be allowed to.

    And keep in mind

    that the decisions made in the teen years about things like alcohol, drugs, healthy eating, exercise, sex, and smok-ing can have long-term consequenceseven if teens feel invincible. Becoming more invested in their own health care lets teens learn more about and under-stand the potential outcomes of choices they make now.At what age are teens able to start taking some control? It can vary: Factors such as a teens maturity level, health issues, and ability to keep track of the details all play a role, as does a parents willingness to

    relinquish control.So, how can parents start hand-

    ing over the reins? It can be-gin by talking about medical topics in age-appropriate ways with their kids; for in-stance, discussing medica-tions they take and why, or

    teaching kids with chronic conditions ways to help care

    for their medical equipment. Maybe your teenage son or

    daughter is ready to handle filling and refilling his or her own pre-

    scriptions.Its important for moms

    and dads to let their adolescents have some private time to talk with the health care provider. Dur-ing puberty and the teen years, kids are likely to have questions or is-sues that theyre not comfortable

    discussing while

    Helping teens take charge of their healthcareCourtesy of Kids Health


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    Do you know what you or your keiki are drinking?

    One of the fastest - growing segments in the beverage industry is energy drinks. They are marketed under many different names such as 5 Hour Energy, Rockstar, Monster and AMP; however, they are very different from sports drinks and should be scrutinized before consuming, especially before you give it to a child.

    Energy drinks can contain many different types of ingredients, some of which can interact adversely with medications and others that are essentially caffeine, but go by another name. The FDA does not limit levels of caffeine or

    other ingredi-ents in ener-

    gy drinks, s i m p l y because they are consid-ered a type of

    supple-ment. The

    result: You and your

    keiki could be getting much

    higher doses of caffeine or other

    ingredients than what is considered


    In fact, most energy drinks contain extremely

    high levels of caffeine. Some contain guarana, a di-

    etary supplement whose main

    ingredient is caffeine. Some contain Kola nut, another supplement that also adds more caffeine to your beverage. Others contain ginseng, which is not caffeine, but can interact with medications such as blood thinners, heart medications, and diuretics. Some energy drinks can contain bitter orange and ma huang, which are banned substances in sports and are con-sidered stimulants. Sadly, many energy drinks contain all or many of these ingredi-ents that add up to a whopping surprise.

    Read drink labels carefully so you know what you and your keiki are drinking! Additionally, energy drinks can have other ingredients that act similarly to caffeine and cause jitteriness or other harmful side effects. In some countries, energy drinks have been banned or limited to adults because of possible harmful health effects particularly when combined with antide-pressant medications, blood thinners, and attention disorder medications, some-times a potentially lethal combination. Many energy drinks have caffeine levels of more than 500 mg equal to 14 cans of most caffeinated soft drinks. Caffeine at these high dose levels can be toxic and even deadly, particularly to children.

    Read drink labels carefully so you know what you and your keiki are drinking! The safest and healthiest way to keep from getting dehydrated is to simply drink water!

    Heather Hopkins, MD, B.S.PTPhysical Medicine, Rehab, & Sports MedicineKaua'i Medical ClinicAn Affiliate of Hawai'i Pacific Health

    Think energy drinks are safe? Think again

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    Raising awareness of this countrys in-creasing obesity epidemic can be diffi-cult. Each of us loves friends and family members who are overweight or obesenow about two-thirds of all Americans are in that category. When people follow their doctors recommendations to lose weight by exercising more and eating healthier foods, they will be less likely to suffer from chronic diseasesafflictions like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer to name just a fewthat can be so harmful and reduce enjoyment of lifes basic pleasures. A strong coalition is working on Kaua'i to address and prevent Hawaiis obesity epidemic. Get Fit Kaua'i, the County of

    Kaua'i, Kaua'i Path, the Department of Education, Kaua'i Community College, the Department of Health, and Malama Kaua'i are all collaborating as Communities Putting Prevention to Work. This coalition is focused on making fundamental chang-es that help make the healthy choice the easy choice. The changes will make it safer for our children to walk to school and around our neighborhoods, increase bi-cycling facilities, and make healthy food easier to find, prepare, and purchase.Learn how you and your loved ones can take the LEAP (LIVE Healthy, EAT Well, Be ACTIVE, Live PONO) and help make all Kaua'i healthier by visiting www.TakeTheLEAPHawaii.org.



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    As the medical director of addiction treat-ment centers in Kaua'i, Honolulu, and Hilo, I address many addiction issues. As we look toward a new year, I wish to ad-dress prevention and a drug addiction that has been the most prevalent in the United States for the past 100 years. From the 1930s to 1960s most of the adults in our country were addicted to nicotine, the drug found in tobacco products like cigarettes. Following the Surgeon Gen-erals Report regarding the negative medical consequences of cigarette smoking in 1964, many Americans tried to quit smoking. There was a slow but steady decline in nicotine dependence from 1965 until now. In Hawai'i, nicotine dependence de-creased from 70% of the adult population to less than 30% now.

    It is my belief that ciga-rette smoking and result-ing nicotine addiction are the true gateway paths to other forms of drug ad-diction. We have an ad-diction center in our brain that responds to nicotine like it responds to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or heroin. Once this center becomes hard-wired for addiction, we are set up to become addicted to other drugs. Fortunately, cigarette smoking among adults and youth has steadily declined. Many young people now realize that

    being nicotine free is both healthy and cool. Unfortunately some adolescents still smoke cigarettes and if adults are smoking at home, children often con-clude that its OK to smoke.

    In Hawai'i, nicotine depen-dence decreased from 70% of the adult population to less than 30% now.

    It is not an easy pro-cess to overcome any addiction, but take a moment to reflect on your life and the lives of children around you. Why not choose a healthy life and make it your New Years resolution to stop smoking and prevent addiction in the lives of our keiki. There is help available for anyone who wishes to stop smoking. Group therapy is a valuable tool in the process of

    overcoming any ad-diction; look up free smoking cessation programs in your community. Stopping smoking is a tremendous step down the path to a healthier lifestyle for ourselves and our community.

    Gerald J. McKenna M.D., FASAM, DLFAPA, Medical DirectorMcKenna Recovery Center

    A New Years resolution for prevention

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    The best grandparenting activities flow naturally from the interests of both the grandparents and the grandchildren. You can create a deep, loving relation-ship with your grandchildren by sharing the things you love with them, and by being available to hear about the ideas and activities that excite them.

    Take it easy togetherMake an effort to enjoy leisure time with your grandchildren. As a grandparent, you get to interact with your grandchildren without the same daily pressures of a par-entyou don't have to worry about driv-ing carpool or juggling making dinner for the family with soccer practice and grocery shopping.

    Go outsideChildren love the outdoors, and trips to the park or the beach can be a great jumping off point for some wonderful adventures and happy memories. Nature walks and day hikes can provide lots of interesting things to talk about, and water activities can be especially fun.

    Share your interests or your workEngaging in hobbies and activities that you love or your grandchild loves can be a great way to spend time together and learn about each other. Sometimes, activi-ties that you might not expect your grand-children to be interested in, like knitting or gardening, might turn out to provide an important point of connection for you. Sim-ilarly, if you take an interest in something they are passionate about, like trading cards or the Harry Potter books, they get to share their special area of knowledge and may open up in new ways.

    If you are still working, a visit to your place of work can add a dimension to your grand-child's perception of you. If you are retired, pictures and stories about what your work-ing days were like can do the same.

    Making the most of your grandparenting time Carve out one-on-one time. On occa-sion, spend time with individual grand-children. It will give you an opportunity to bond, without competition, with one grandchild at a time. See the sights. Concerts and plays, mov-ies, science centers and museums, parks or walks in the neighborhood provide op-portunities to be together and to exchange ideas and opinions. Play games. Board and card games are a unique opportunity to watch kids in ac-tion and to see how they operate in the world. Games also allow you to help your grandchild learn to be a good sport and play fairly. Communicate family history. Tell stories about games or trips you shared when the grandchild's parents were young. This is a great way to weave a 'tapestry' of shared experiences for the whole family.

    Tips for spending quality time with your grandkids

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    Nutrition help for the elderlyBy Caryn Sakahashi

    Healthy eating and nutrition for the elder-ly is greatly impacted by several factors, one of them being a change in body com-position. During the later years in life, the body will lose bone and muscle and gain fat because the hormones arent very ac-tive anymore.

    Water: Water in the body decreases with age, so many older folks will become dehydrated very easily. Sometimes they wont feel thirsty, while other times its too much work to pour a glass a water. It is

    recommended that they drink at least 1 ounce of water for every 2.2 pounds of weight.

    Protein: Later in life, protein becomes extremely important. Protein is needed to support a healthy immune system and

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    prevent the wasting of muscle. Since en-ergy needs are less, the elderly should eat high-quality protein such as eggs, lean meats, poultry, and fish.

    Carbs and Fiber: Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the entire body. You can find carbs in bread, cere-als, pasta, and other grain products. A diet thats high in fiber and water will help to prevent constipation as well.

    Fat: Fat intake for the elderly should be limited, not eliminated. You can limit fat by choosing lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and avoiding fried food.

    Iron: For the elderly, iron deficiency can be seen with those who arent eating much. Good sources for iron include lean red meats and breakfast cereals.

    Zinc: Meat, poultry, and fish should be a part of the diet to help meet the require-ments for zinc.

    Calcium: Calcium is an ingredient that most elderly folks arent getting enough of. Most believe that milk upsets their stomach, and therefore they will avoid it. They should be getting around 1,500 mg of calcium a day, and nonfat powdered milk can be used in recipes as a substi-tute for milk. Other foods such as yogurt, low fat cheese, and broccoli can also help meet the requirements for calcium.

    Each of the above nutrients are needed to keep an aged body in good health. El-derly individuals should try to stay active and strive for a well-balanced diet. Even though the aged body isnt the same as it used to be, proper care and the right nu-trients can help the elderly enjoy a healthy and long life.

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    Pictured L-R: MaryLou Jardin, RN; Ms. Linda Kawakami; Ms. Yone Honjo; Dawny Barriga, RN; Ms. Kikue Kato; Ms. Emi Schaefer; Julie Sommers.

    'Hug Me' pillows bring comfortWhen you have any kind of surgery in the abdominal area, coughing is difficult and painful way to min